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Thinking Outside the Frame:

Approaches to Hybrid Documentary

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Through an intricate woven framework of hybrid documentary techniques, Chase Joynt’s Sundance Audience Award-winning film Framing Agnes has created a profoundly unique exploration of the subjective complexity of trans histories. In this VIFF Lab, Joynt will unpack his approach to disrupting the traditional documentary form, bringing archival documentation to life through impactful, intricate techniques that interrogate the objectivity of historical narratives in documentary.


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Chase Joynt

Director & Writer

Director and writer Chase Joynt’s feature-length documentary No Ordinary Man (2020, co-directed with Aisling Chin-Yee) about jazz musician Billy Tipton won nine awards on the international festival circuit, including being named to TIFF Canada’s Top Ten. Joynt’s first book, You Only Live Twice (co-authored with Mike Hoolboom), was a 2017 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Joynt also directed episodes of Two Sentence Horror Stories for The CW, which are now streaming on Netflix. With Samantha Curley, Chase runs Level Ground Productions, a production company in Los Angeles.